A CLOSER LOOK: NO. 2 NESHAMINY AT NO. 4 PENNSBURY
Not surprisingly, the Suburban One League League National Conference championship will be decided in Week 10. The winner-take-all showdown between Neshaminy and Pennsbury has been in the making since early this season.
"Both teams have had successful years," Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt said. "I guess it’s fitting that the league is going be decided in the final week of the regular season. That’s happened a lot of times."
In what is known as the Bucks County Brawl, the Redskins (9-0 overall, 6-0 in the National Conference) will square off against the Falcons (8-1, 6-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Fairless Hills.
In the power-point standings for the upcoming PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs, Neshaminy, with a 137.78 average, holds down the No. 2 spot; Pennsbury (130) is in fifth place.
Here is a closer look at the 82d installment of the series.
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Ranking. Neshaminy is ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer; Pennsbury is No. 4.
History. The series is deadlocked, 37-7-7. Last year, in snapping a two-year losing streak, the Falcons triumphed, 7-0, at Heartbreak Ridge.
Breakaway back. The Redskins’ D’Andre Pollard, a junior tailback, has carried 170 times for an area-high 1,805 yards and 24 touchdowns. "He’s fast, has good vision," Pennsbury boss Galen Snyder said.
Multiple threats. The Falcons’ wing-T offense has four dangerous ballcarriers: quarterback Breon Clark and running backs Charles Snorweah, Ronquay Smith, and Raheem Thompson.
Imposing bunch. Neshaminy’s rock-solid offensive line is made up of center John Koch (5-11, 245), guards Matt Wynne (5-11, 245) and Dan Johnson (6-0, 240), tackles Hunter Kelly (6-2, 265) and Mike Palmer (6-4, 255), and tight end Luke Carrezola (6-3, 245).
On guard. Pennsbury needs a big effort from a defensive line featuring ends Bert Robinson and Nick Paragano, and tackles Maada Jajua and Jack Kenney.
Headliners. The Redskins’ defense, which has posted four shutouts, is headed by ends Carrezola and Dorian Arthur, and linebackers Denny Lord and Matt Bianchino.
Injury report. On defense, the Falcons are without senior end-linebacker John Jakimowicz (knee) and linebacker Luke Snyder (leg). Jakimowicz, who was injured in Week 8, is out for the season.
Through the air. Neshaminy QB Tyler Wombough’s top targets are Hamiid Pack (25 catches for 400 yards, 4 TDs) and Cole Creighton.
Analysis. With a stout offensive line and a first-team defense that has yielded only 41 points, the Redskins end the roll the Falcons have been on since losing to Easton in Week 1.
Pick, Neshaminy, 21-14.